If you wish to summon Google Assistant in your automobile, you mainly have two choices: Allow “Hey Google” and Good Lock in your Android cellphone or launch Android Auto (do you have to be fortunate sufficient to have a automobile with it in-built). However with the brand new Roav Bolt, Anker offers us a 3rd possibility, and even iPhone customers can get in on it.
Just like the Alexa-powered Roav Viva, the Bolt plugs into your automobile’s 12V socket and connects by way of Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack. A pair of USB ports helps you to preserve your cellphone charged whereas driving, and a single button on the entrance helps you to manually summon Google Assistant. In any other case, the Bolt is all about its noise-canceling microphones, which ought to present higher voice pick-up than the mic in your cellphone.
After organising the Bolt as a tool in your cellphone’s Dwelling app, Assistant will spring into motion while you voice an “OK Google” immediate, and also you’ll see 4 tell-tale circles on the entrance of the Roav, just like the lights on a Google Dwelling mini. As with Android Auto, you should use Google Assistant in your automobile to get instructions, stream music from companies comparable to Spotify and Pandora, and ship messages. And you may as well use it for practically each different Assistant perform, together with checking the climate, making lists, setting reminders, and discovering close by parking.
Whereas Google has been steadily increasing Assistant’s capabilities to audio system and different sensible units, the Roav Bolt represents a brand new battlefield in its struggle towards Amazon’s Alexa assistant. Anker already makes a model of its Roav that brings Alexa to the automobile, and Amazon has an Echo Auto accent that’s out there by invitation solely. However maybe most significantly, the Roav opens up hands-free, in-car Google Assistant entry to iPhone customers by way of the Dwelling app.
The Roav Bolt is avialble for pre-order for $50 with the primary 200 orders receiving a free Anker charging cable.